Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm, are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of Parkinson’s disease victims whose illness may have resulted from exposure to the agricultural pesticide Paraquat. A growing body of research suggests a link between Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that causes impaired speech and motor skills, and certain agricultural pesticides, including Paraquat.
Farm workers face the greatest danger from chronic paraquat exposure, but even people who work in areas where this pesticide is used may be more vulnerable to developing health problems, including Parkinson’s disease. A research study in Science Daily in February 2011 showed a link bewteen Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease. If you lived or worked in an area where paraquat was used, and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Parker Waichman LLP lawyers are offering free legal consultations to Parkinson’s disease sufferers who may be victims of this pesticide. To learn how our experienced paraquat exposure attorneys can help your family, we urge you to contact us today by completing the form on the right or calling us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
Parkinson’s Disease and Paraquat
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, central nervous system disorder that afflicts 500,000 Americans and is one of the most common diseases of old age, however, Parkinson’s disease can also affect younger adults. Parkinson’s disease occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that make dopamine, a chemical that helps control muscle movements, are slowly destroyed. Parkinson’s disease cause is not well understood, but is believed that in many cases, environmental triggers, such as toxic exposures, may play a role.
Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease become worse over time, and include:
- Slowed Movements
- Rigid muscles
- Impaired posture and balance
- Loss of automatic movements, such as blinking and smiling
- Speech changes
- Dementia in latter stages of the disease
Paraquat was first introduced commercially in 1961 and is a toxic chemical that is widely used as an herbicide, primarily for weed and grass control. In the U.S., paraquat is classified as “restricted use,” which means that it can be used only by people who are licensed applicators. Recent research has implicated exposure to certain agricultural pesticides, including paraquat, to Parkinson’s disease. Studies have seen an increased risk among agricultural workers, but in some cases, research has also indicated that people who live or work in regions where paraquat is used may also be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease Research Studis
In April 2009, a link between Parkinson’s disease and paraquat in combination with an herbicide called maneb according to researchers at UCLA. According to their findings, people who merely lived near farm fields that were sprayed with maneb and paraquat had a 75 percent increased risk for Parkinson’s disease.
In June 2011, a follow-up to the UCLA study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that combined exposure to Maneb and paraquat, along with Ziram, near any workplace increased the risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD) threefold, while combined exposure to ziram and paraquat alone was associated with an 80 percent increase in risk.
Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California, published a study in the June 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives showing people who worked with paraquat and the pesticide Rotenone were 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who did not work with the pesticides. To reach these conclusions, the research team studied 110 people with Parkinson’s disease and 358 matched controls from the Farming & Movement Evaluation (FAME) Study. FAME is a case-control study that is part of the larger Agricultural Health Study.
Paraquat Herbicide Exposure Victims – Legal Help
If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease that could be the result of paraquat herbicide exposure, you may have valuable legal rights. To arrange for a free legal consultations with one of our paraquat exposure lawyers, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.